Movie theater planned for former Bi-Lo spot in north Charlotte

Saturday, 04 November 2017, 02:37:51 AM. A Studio Movie Grill is planned to take the place of a Bi-Lo grocery store in north Charlotte that closed last summer.

A Studio Movie Grill is planned to take the place of a Bi-Lo grocery store that closed last summer in north Charlotte.

City Council still has to vote on the rezoning of the site on Docia Crossing Road, off Prosperity Church Road, according to Theresa Rosa, president of the Prosperity Village Area Association. If the rezoning is approved, and if renovations go as planned, the theater could open by late 2018.

The roughly 40,000 square-foot Bi-Lo at 5336 Docia Crossing Road closed last June after nearly 18 years in business. Bi-Lo, owned by Southeastern Grocers, has been scaling back its local presence in recent years. The grocer also closed a Fort Mill store last summer.

Property records show the old Bi-Lo property was sold in early 2016 to Lockard Midland Square LLC for $9.45 million. A representative from the firm could not be reached for comment.

Studio Movie Grill theaters have luxury recliners and full food and drink menus, with waiters to take and deliver orders to customers directly from their seats.

Studio Movie Grill has another Charlotte location that opened in 2014 at the EpiCentre uptown. Many of the company’s 30 other locations are in Texas, where Studio Movie Grill is headquartered. A company representative could not be reached.

The Prosperity Village area, off Interstate 485, has seen a handful of new retailers move in recently. A Publix supermarket opened there last fall, for instance, and Little Big Burger opened its first Charlotte location nearby this fall.

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